Canada Reads, CBC's annual literary grudge match, gets underway on Monday, March 3 this year.
Five books will compete over four days to be named the one novel that the whole nation should read, and each book will be defended by a celebrity panellist. Plenty of the authors and panellists have been — or are about to be — guests in the red chair, so we thought we'd play you their interviews to get you pumped for the big competition.
The Canada Reads debates will air on CBC Radio One at 11 a.m. and on CBC TV at 4 p.m. on March 3-6.
Kathleen Winter's 2010 novel Annabel will be defended by Sarah Gadon, who talked with George in 2011 about appearing in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis.
And here's a trailer that CBC Books put together for Annabel:
Rawi Hage's 2008 dark comedy Cockroach is being defended by The Daily Show's Samantha Bee, who was a guest in the red chair earlier this season.
And the trailer for Cockroach:
Two-time Olympic champion Donovan Bailey will be sticking up for Esi Edugyan's Half-Blood Blues. Bailey will be on the late edition of the program tonight, February 27 at 11:30 p.m. on CBC.
Here's the Half-Blood Blues trailer:
We've got both the author and the defender for this one. First off, Joseph Boyden, who spoke to George about the book (and a whole lot more) earlier this season:
And here's Wab Kinew, the book's defender, who talked about the persistence of native stereotypes and the Idle No More movement when he was last in the red chair.
And the trailer for The Orenda:
The Year of the Flood
Finally, Margaret Atwood, one of the most frequent occupants of the red chair. On her visit to Studio 43 earlier this season, she touched on everything from modernizing Shakespeare to her sense of humour.
Defending her this year will be Stephen Lewis. In 2011, he came on the show with his wife Michele Landsberg for a double-interview about their relationship and their activism.
And the trailer for The Year of the Flood: